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Book Stores and Retailers

SIC 5942 | NAICS 451211

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Industry Analysis, Trends, Statistics, and Forecasts

Book Stores  (view report)
Book, Magazine & Newspaper Distributors  (view report)

Comprehensive market research reports provide in-depth industry analysis and five-year forecasts, with special focus on the underlying structure and external forces and relationships that affect industries and their performance. Report contents include:

  • Market size and characteristics
  • Key statistics and ratios
  • Current performance
  • Competitive landscape
  • Major firms and market share
  • Key risk and success factors
  • Five-year growth forecast

Publishers Weekly
Bookselling News

Online news channel features news and information for retail bookstores from the Publishers Weekly news magazine, with topics covered in this section including industry trends and developments, print and digital sales trends, weekly bestseller rankings, industry stock performance, and bookstore news and profiles. Selected articles from current and prior issues of the magazine are available free online.


First Research profiles cover key aspects of an industry's size, scope, and operations and include a five-year growth forecast. Profile contents include:

  • Industry overview
  • Recent developments
  • Critical issues and challenges
  • Business trends and opportunities
  • Executive insights
  • Financial benchmarking data
  • Five-year growth forecast

American Booksellers Association
Information resources available from this trade association include:

Bookselling This Week
Weekly e-newsletter features news and information for independent bookstores, with news coverage including events and trends affecting the bookseller marketplace and monthly updates on retail sales trends from the U.S. Census Bureau Retail Trade Survey. Articles from current and previous editions of the e-newsletter can be viewed free online, with free e-mail subscription available with registration.

Industry Statistics
Statistics section provides information on retail bookstore sales trends from the U.S. Census Bureau and other sources, with monthly retail sales updates from the U.S. Census Bureau including sales of all types of participating bookstores (e.g., trade, college, religious, chain store, other) for which sales of new books and periodicals comprised more than fifty percent of total product sales in these stores.

ABA Education Curriculum
Education curriculum section includes articles, guides, and other resources covering a wide range of topics including business management, store operations, product merchandising, genre-specific and used books, children's bookselling, selling gifts items, sales and marketing, accounting and finances, social media, and technology. Resources included in this section are available to ABA members only.

The NPD Group, Inc.
NPD Bookscan

Retail tracking service covers about eighty-five percent of U.S. print book sales, with transaction data collected by means of point-of-sale systems used by major book retailers, mass merchandisers, and independent bookstores. Data available to subscribers includes total sales by category, format, DMA, and publisher as well as ISBN-level data by BISAC, category, publisher, format, title, author, or ISBN.

Bookstat LLC
Bookstat Data Service

Subscription data service tracks e-book, online print, and digital audiobook sales at the retail point of sale for all major online retailers, with sales data searchable by publisher, genre, author, title, BISAC, ISBN, and ASIN and analyzable by retail price point, publisher type, discount offered, and other user defined criteria. Contact vendor for more information and a live demonstration of the data dashboard.


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Financial Statements and Financial Ratios

Industry Financial Ratios
Book Stores  Search for "451211"

Five-year financial statement analysis includes income statements, balance sheets, and key financial ratios, with data available by sales size range on a national, state, and metro area level.

  • Income and expense detail in dollars and percentages
  • Balance sheets in dollars and percentages
  • Cash flow analysis
  • Liquidity and working capital ratios
  • Profitability and return on investment ratios
  • Asset turnover and efficiency ratios
  • Capital structure and debt service ratios

American Booksellers Association
ABACUS Financial Benchmarking Report / abacus-news

Annual financial report provides participating members with a full ABACUS benchmarking report that includes comparative financial ratios, operations data, and profile information, a customized business  performance report, and online reporting tools which allow users to compare their firm's performance with other similar bookstores and track their firm's performance over time against the industry results.

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Compensation and Salary Surveys

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Book Stores and News Dealers

Annual wage survey provides hourly and annual wage data on a national, state, and local area basis for occupational categories employed by retail establishments that sell a broad range of trade books, textbooks, magazines, newspapers, religious goods (e.g., gifts, books, Bibles, wall art, statuary) and other merchandise (e.g., CDs, e-readers, greeting cards, clothing, stationery products, snack foods).

PayScale, Inc.
Book Store

Free online service provides salary, bonus, and hourly wage data for job positions in this sector such as retail store manager, assistant store manager, cafe manager, sales associate, bookseller, barista, and cashier, with employers for which salary or hourly wage compensation data is provided including Barnes & Noble, Inc., Barnes & Noble Education, Inc., Books-A-Million, Inc., and Powell's Books, Inc.

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Book Publishers
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Magazine Publishers
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